Chigwell School held the annual primary schools’ netball and football festivals on Saturday 7th September. Nineteen and twenty-four teams participated in the netball and football events respectively from a variety of local schools. Each netball team played seven games over the course of the morning. They were placed in small groups as part of the first round of matches and then placed into larger groups allowing each team to play opposition of similar ability. The aim of the netball festival was to allow all players to gain experience, by playing in a variety of positions and in gameplay situations with the support of their team members and coaches. Chigwell School Head of Netball, Mrs Sam Lawrence, commented that “The netball festival provided a wonderful environment for young players to gain experience of the sport and to develop their skills and confidence throughout the event. Our festival is unique in this way, due to the support of coaches and the adaptations to the matches. Everyone had a fantastic morning and it was a delight to see so many young players enjoying themselves and being inspired by others.
The football teams were placed in three pools of eight teams and played seven friendly matches. The focus this year was on creating a learning environment where the pupils could play more freely enjoying their football and being more expressive without restriction. The quality of football played was excellent. Chigwell School Head of Football, Mr Andy Bruce, said “The U11 Chigwell Festival is about giving the pupils the opportunity to play in a fun environment. It was another fantastic year with record participation, well done to everyone involved.”